Members of the former Balmain team unveil their latest sartorial venture, Faith Connexion. The Paris-based label's grunge-cum-urban aesthetic revolves around heavily distressed streetwear pieces, with a stark graffiti influence running throughout. We caught up with the brand to discuss their inspirations, favorite cities, and the importance of streetwear in the current fashion landscape, and shot an exclusive editorial featuring pieces from the brand's latest line. Check it out below.
You have a significant graffiti influence running through your collections, what place do you think such an anti-authoritarian art form has in luxury fashion?
Faith Connexion is not what we can call a proper luxury or a designer house, we want to stand for diversity and we encourage freedom of expression. We do not have any definition of what is called fashion, and we take a stand against segmentation and compartmentalization. This way of thinking makes us free! We love clothes with a pre-owned and lived-in quality. So we are not a conventional luxury brand which doesn’t mean that we don’t advocate glamor and sexiness.
Your collections span a variety of aesthetics from rock 'n' roll to prep to sportswear, how do you maintain a consistent message to the collection?
We have gathered a creative tribe whose energy is the inspiration behind our house, a boiling bucket of creativity. It is this tribe that creates this variety of aesthetics. But Faith Connexion is first and foremost about style and attitude. What defines us is the way people make our clothes their own, and how they communicate our vision. Your collection focuses on regular clothing that's worn on the streets. What can the world of high fashion learn from streetwear? The street is synonymous with spontaneity and truth, we want to reproduce the same raw urban energy. We believe that fashion belongs to the street. We want to be accessible, authenticity is our leitmotiv.
More specifically than the streets, what cities inspire you?
Los Angeles is an authentic city, where there is no cleavage! The city is plural and everything seems possible! It is a real captivating mixture of moods, aesthetics and people. It attracts and gathers all kinds of women or men with personality. There is a real permissiveness regarding acts and thoughts. It makes the city beautiful!